"Rafael Aghayev is a legend. You only have to see his CV and track record of victories," SIA informs that President of World Karate Federation Antonio Espinos hailed the Azerbaijani athlete who won a gold medal in the men`s 75kg kumite event.
“He has nine European championships and is perceived as a legend not only in the karate community. He is a real ambassador of our sport." Mr Espinos noted.
"Yesterday was a big day for karate to showcase our sport in the European Games. We had visits from people who are decision makers of Olympic events and we don't have many opportunities to show them our sport and how we have been developing over the years.” “Karate is a sport that is spreading, and our vision is to be an Olympic sport. For our sport, to be at the Olympic Games is the pinnacle," President of World Karate Federation Antonio Espinos added.